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�1 Appellant, M.P., appeals from the decree terminating her parental rights to C.G., her son. She challenges whether the petitioner satisfied its burden of proof in establishing the grounds for termination. While the merits of Appellant’s issues are unremarkable, we find noteworthy the novel issue presented by a recent amendment to the Orphans’ Court Rules governing exceptions in termination proceedings, which calls into question the timeliness of this appeal. Accordingly, before addressing the merits we will first consider whether it is appropriate to apply the new Rule in light of the fact that the Rule changed during the pendency of the litigation.

�2 The facts, as gleaned from the record, reveal that M.P. (mother) and L.G. (father) are the biological parents of C.G. (d.o.b. 02/28/95). Mother and father have never been married but were still living together at the time of the termination hearing. Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS) first became involved with the parties on October 30, 1996, following a dispute between mother and father during which mother chased father with a hammer and threw C.G. to the floor. At the time of this incident C.G. was only 20 months old. As a result of this incident, mother was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment, and ultimately served two years of probation in Clearfield County. C.G. has been in the custody of CYS since December 10, 1996. On January 29, 1997, C.G. was adjudicated dependent on the basis of the alleged domestic violence between the parents and their possible drug and alcohol abuse. On March 20, 1997, the child was placed in foster care with his paternal Aunt and Uncle, who provided a stable environment. On March 25, 1998, CYS changed its goal to adoption.

�3 On May 26, 1999, a petition for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights was filed by CYS. The petition alleged that mother and father could not adequately care for C.G. and, pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. � 2511(a)(5), the conditions that led to the original placement of the child with CYS had not been remedied despite opportunities afforded to the parents to remedy the conditions. On July 6, 1999, the trial court conducted a hearing on the petition. During the hearing, Dr. Vivian Ready, a licensed psychologist employed by St. Claire Child Services, testified that the child’s mental health is severely impaired by Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD). She further testified that C.G. has displayed other behaviors that tend to relate to mental illness but those behaviors had yet to be related to a specific disorder. In addition to the in-home services provided by St. Claire Child Services, C.G. also attended Headstart with an SSI worker several days a week and is under the care of a neurologist and his family doctor.

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